Be warned – MILD SPOILERS.
The Walking Dead, in recent times, has become somewhat ‘nastier’ – since Kirkman introduced Lucille, in all her visceral glory. This week he, along with artistic duo Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn, deliver many a visually arresting panel (which I won’t spoil) in an attempt to characterise Negan and his band of merry men.
And whilst on the subject – who isn’t disgusted by Negan?
Similar to, yet more than, the Governor, the moment Rick, or one of our ‘heroes,’ disposes of him will be a joyous occasion – the man is loathsome – and after this issue, I hope it’s Carl, with Lucille, in the bedroom.
Last time out, Kirkman and, in particular, Adlard, had conveyed Carl’s hatred for his father superbly. This time, we’re reminded that although a badass, Carl is still a child – albeit in a man’s world.
And so, another issue steeped in dramatic tension, throughout which Kirkman holds the readers’ attention, with the aid of an iron. There’s an intensity to The Walking Dead often lacking in modern comics – it’s why I return again and again.
Sadly it’s lacking from the TV series.